NBA Playoffs: 3 takeaways from Game 4 between Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers

Washington Wizarsd Bradley Beal. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Washington Wizarsd Bradley Beal. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Takeaway #2: The three-point struggles will continue for the Washington Wizards.

Technically speaking, game four was the second-best game for the Wizards from three in terms of percentage. However, it was hardly a performance to rave about. For the third time in four games, the Wizards have failed to make at least 10 three-pointers, something the 76ers have done this series thrice.

Despite being forced out of the game with a calf strain that will keep him sidelined for the next four to six weeks, Davis Bertans (3/6 3PT) had a good outing after a couple of cold games. Seeing Bertans get hot was an encouraging sign given the Wizards’ three-point struggles.  Unfortunately, the Wizards cannot build on it, and they’re running out of firepower.

Davis Bertans and Raul Neto were the only Wizards to shoot above league average from three during the regular season. Neto, who averaged 2.6 three-point attempts per game, is no volume shooter. To make matters worse, he’s dropped off this series quite a bit and has only made two of his 12 attempts from long range. Luckily, Rui Hachimura has emerged as a playoff sniper. Through four games, he’s shooting 67 percent from three.

Even though Bertans hasn’t been exceptional during this series, losing him is a huge blow. He’s the only legitimate threat that the 76ers have to worry about. With Bertans out, Hachimura is the only active Wizard shooting above 20 percent from three in this series. Now would be a great time for Bradley Beal, who posted the worst three-point shooting percentage of his career this season, to start getting hot from outside.